Daily Topic for March 20, 2009
Sound familiar? Jesus cleansed the temple while quoting from Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11. Not only were the Jews at the temple not praying for the nations, they had not reserved a place for the nations to come and pray. The court of the Gentiles, the only place in the temple Gentile proselytes were allowed to enter, was filled with the bleating of sheep and the bawling of cattle. Temple officials, greedy for money, had taken over this area for the sale of animals to be sacrificed. Is there anything in your life or in the life of your church that tends to squeeze out ministry to the nations?
Pray that the Lord will show you what may be squeezing out your commitment to seeing Him worshipped by some from every tribe, tongue and nation.
A “warrior” mentality is prevalent among the Ingush people, and southern Russia’s Ingushetia is volatile. Their struggle for independence from Russia continues today. Although the Ingush people usually fight only as a defense, the men are known for their courage and have been hired in a number of wars. During World War II, Russian dictator Josef Stalin deported all Ingushs to Kazakhstan and Siberia. Over 200,000 died during that time. In 1958, a large number of Ingush people returned, only to find their land occupied by others. Since their livelihood depends on agriculture and raising livestock, relocation was difficult. They also face discrimination from those who now occupy the land their families once owned.
The Ingush people have strict gender guidelines. A husband “owns” his household, even his wife and children. Families are traced through the father. A wife becomes part of her husband’s clan upon marriage and never mentions her parents again. Marriages are arranged.
Like their neighbors, the Chechens, Ingush people are Sunni Muslim. Most are part of Sufi orders, the mystical dimension of Islam. Our prayers can help them escape the spiritual principalities that control them.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Ingush people will find peace with God and peace within their country. Ask God, the Father, to show them His love and mercy. May they become spiritual warriors for God who will do battle with the spirits of hell that oppress them and the neighboring peoples.-AK